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May 4, 2016 6:47 pm

In Parliament, British Prime Minister Cameron Repeatedly Attacks Labour Leader Corbyn for Calling Terrorist Organizations Hamas, Hezbollah ‘Friends’ (VIDEO)

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Prime Minister David Cameron, standing,  demanded Labour leader MP Jeremy Corbyn, seen seated in the bottom left corner, withdraw his previous references to Hamas and Hezbollah as "friends." Photo: Video Screenshot.

Prime Minister David Cameron, standing, demanded Labour leader MP Jeremy Corbyn, seen seated in the bottom left corner, withdraw his previous references to Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends.” Photo: Video Screenshot.

Britain’s prime minister launched a public attack on the head of the opposition Labour Party on Wednesday over his friendly references to Hamas and Hezbollah, calling on the leftist leader to withdraw his previous comments referring to the terror groups as “friends,” the UK’s Daily Mail reported.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s demand of MP Jeremy Corbyn comes amid a growing antisemitism scandal currently engulfing the Labour Party. While answering a question from a Conservative backbencher in the House of Commons, Cameron asked Corbyn four times to withdraw his “friends” references.

“Are they your friends or are they not? Because these organizations in their constitutions believe in persecuting and killing Jews. They are antisemitic organizations, they are racist organizations,” the prime minister said. “He must stand up and say they are not his friends.”

Corbyn declined to withdraw his previous statements, but replied to Cameron, “Obviously, anyone who commits racist acts or is antisemitic is not a friend of mine. I am very clear about that.” The Labour chief defended himself further, stating he is a promoter of peace in the Middle East and that “I absolutely do not approve of these organizations.” Labour, according to Corbyn, “is an anti-racist party.”

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The Labour leader then launched a counter-attack, accusing Cameron of conducting “systematic smears” against the party’s mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan. Cameron argued that there is a “pattern of behavior” with Khan, claiming he has shared a platform with people like “Sajeel Shahid, the man who trained the ringleader of the 7/7 attacks and accused the US of bringing the 9/11 attacks on themselves…an extremist who called for Jews to be drowned in the ocean.”

“If he wants to know why he has a problem with antisemitism, it’s because his candidates share platform after platform after platform with extremists and antisemites and then excuse their words,” Cameron said of Corbyn, adding that all of Labour’s attempts to combat Jew-hatred would be “doomed to failure.”

Prior to the heated exchange between Cameron and Corbyn, Hamas spokesman and senior official Taher A-Nunu told Breitbart Jerusalem on Monday that his organization “welcomed” Corbyn’s past refusal to condemn Hamas, calling it “a painful hit” against the “Zionist enemy.”

“We consider the statements of the Labour leader to be an important message to people in Western countries that Hamas is not and will not be considered a terrorist group and our struggle is reduced to the borders of occupied Palestine,” he said.

Britain’s chief rabbi, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, issued his first public statement regarding the Labour scandal on Tuesday, writing in the Telegraph that the UK’s “hard Left are spreading the insidious virus of antisemitism.”

“Comments from senior and long-standing members of the Labour Party, both Jewish and not, show just how severe the problem has now become. Everyone agrees that there must be no place for antisemitism in our politics,” he wrote. Mirvis issued a warning against Labour’s independent antisemitism probe, cautioning, “If this inquiry turns out to be no more than a sticking plaster [band-aid], designed to placate and diffuse until after the elections this week, the problem will surely get worse and not better.”

“Antisemitism is not just a problem for Jews; it is a problem for all of our society,” the chief rabbi wrote. “I draw a great deal of comfort from the very strong response that this sorry affair has elicited. There must be no corner of Britain today in which antisemitism can lurk.”

Watch the Cameron-Corbyn exchange below:

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  • Ben Tzur

    Antisemitism is not just a matter of Jews. It endangers the whole of society. This is exactly why it is so much favored by extremists, radicals and totalitarians, whether of the right or the left, Muslims who are at war with the entire Western civilization, and all the above’s fellow-travellers. It is intended to delegitimize the democratic mainstream of Western society. It does this by claiming that “the Jews”/”the Zionists” secretly control and manipulate the entire political and social democratic system, for deeply sinister purposes. All the mainstream political leaders are allegedly mere puppets of the “Zionists.” They have been bought and enslaved by the “Jews.” So the seeming diversity and pluralism of Western democracies, its liberalism and tolerance, is merely a facade, a phony charade. Behind it all is a demonic conspiracy to take over humanity and destroy it. The powers that be prevent any effective protest. Only the dedicated antisemites stand against this horrific plot, to save humanity or at least “our” version of it, and in this fight, since the government itself is part of the plot and there is no real justice nor rule of law, all measures are legitimate, including lying, terrorism, and thuggery.

    When Cameron and other leading figures repudiate antisemitism, therefore, they are not just defending Jews. They are defending Western democracy and civilization as such, just as in the days of the Second World War.

  • nat cheiman

    Cameron is correct. Corbyn and his allies are Hamas lovers

  • Gillian Miller

    An anti-Semite does not change its spots. Corbyn will never condemn Muslim terrorist groups as he is afraid that he will lose seats in the Muslim areas where they only hold their seats because of them.

  • Reform School

    Until the UK kicks its Radical Left from the BBC—or shuts the BBC down by refusing to renew its about-to-expire charter—these complaints will be so much balderdash!

  • Peter Joffe

    Israel is not anyone’s business other then the Israelis them selves. Antisemitism and Israel hatred is everybody’s business and has no place in our world. Antisemitism is racial bias and hatred. Corbyn is a bigot and is filled with hatred that affects his ability to make decent decisions. Hating Jews of Israel is the same as hating the Jews of the rest of the world!! Give me one, only one good reason why Jews should be hated??? There are none.